Hello, welcome to Friday! I don't know about you, but I glad that Friday has come and it is the weekend tomorrow. It hasn't been a bad week, but it has been a bad week! More of that later though - just a little bit of it! - now though, on with my five things...
January is the time that the lovely - and very cheap! - bunches of daffodils appear for sale in the supermarket. I buy at least one or two bunches every week when I see them as I just love having them around the house.
The colour is wonderful and bright, they look so cheery and I love that they are a short lived thing so you have to make the most of them while you can.
In fact I think that daffodils are one of the few seasonal flowers that are left now.
Daffodils I love you!
I mentioned in last weeks post that as part of our year long plan to purge the whole house, loft, garden, shed etc of anything we don't want Hubby and I were going to tackle a couple of cupboards in the kitchen. Well, once we got in the swing of things we did all of the cupboards. These pictures show some of what we are getting rid of.
I know, loads!!! Eeekk!! The good news is that the cupboards are much lighter now and we can get to things. I also no longer have the Kenwood Chef - food mixer, a bit like a Kitchenaid - sitting on the bench, after oh, only about 3 years it is now in a cupboard! This is good news by the way, it gives us a lot more space on the bench and because we have cleared so much stuff out all I have to do is open a door and lift it out of the cupboard so it is still really easy to use.
What will happen to all of this stuff? Well my friend will come and have a look through as I think there are several things she might like as she loves pretty china, and the rest will go to the charity shop. None of this is destined for the bin!
Mostly things are duplicates that we have been given or somehow gathered along the way or things that we had as "starter" things many years ago, have since replaced and never got rid of. Some are things that we used to use and just don't any more - the coffee maker for one.
I think it has been a great start to clearing out. Fortunately, other than the loft and my clothes I don't think any of the other rooms will produce as much stuff - well, perhaps the garden shed, there is always stuff we don't need lurking in there!!
Be still my beating heart. Knitting. My first sock is done. It is terrible, there are holes, ladders, all kinds of mistakes and there is a hole in the toe - I haven't worn it yet!!! I am just starting the ribbing on the second one. Until I have done two and have something at least half decent to show you I am keeping it under wraps.
I am prepared to show you this knitting though. It is the start of another pair of socks. This one is going slightly better - no holes so far! - so I thought you might like a peek.
I like to share my "seasonal cactus" with you when it flowers. I am not sure what season it thinks it is this week, but it has thrown out a few more flowers. Perhaps these are the winter flowers!
I treated us to some new bedding this week. It is from Sainsburys - supermarket - and was £25.00 for a king size bed set which I thought was very good value. Since we painted our bedroom I have struggled to get anything in the right colours so we have been using our old bedding which was purpley colours and didn't go well with the blue of our bedroom. I think this one will go well enough. It isn't perfect, but it is better.
Oh and lest you worry about the old bedding that moves to the guest bedroom. The guest bedroom bedding has gone because it was so ancient it was, I am ashamed to tell you, almost falling to bits. It had been well used!!!
I know you have enjoyed seeing some of my calendar photos in the past so I though that at the end of each month this year I would try and share the pictures from the RLNI (Royal National Lifeboats Institution) calendar that I have for this year.
January is pretty isn't it. I like seeing the bright colours.
And for the weekly catch up!
Well, you have seen most of it this week already. Thank you all SO MUCH for the lovely comments you left on the post about my Happy Scrappy Squares Blanket. I am so glad you all like it!!! Thank you for the kind things you had to say, you were, as always, so lovely!!!
Man wise, I have been dealing with the paperwork which isn't fun and I could easily have screamed several times this week, but it is coming along slowly. Still waiting for the funeral..... Can't really say much more really.
We are getting on with life and making some plans for travel later in the year. We have felt rather unable to do this certainly for the last year, and probably for longer than that too if I am honest, so to get out and about again more will be lovely.
The picture above tells the story of trying to get my new glasses. So far so terrible (I don't mean the painting is terrible, I mean that the photo is terrible, the painting is lovely, I just cannot get a good photo of it for some reason!). I am going back today. I cannot get on - so far- with varifocals, I am not happy and the opticians isn't happy with me because I turned up when they were having some sort of NHS inspection and clearly didn't want an unhappy customer there.
I am going back today to see about getting two pairs of glasses one for reading and one for distance. I can read without them which I think is part of the problem.
Just to give you a flavour this is a collage that I produced to show them how much I was having to move my head to look at the corners (i.e. see the full screen) of my computer. I don't know how it appears to you, but I have to put my head right back to see the top of the screen and scrunch my neck down into my body to see the bottom of the screen.
I also cannot see to knit or crochet.
Anyway, it is ongoing, I will update you as and when.
Oh, and please note, bravery at showing my photo in said new glasses....... The ones I will change them to will be smaller than these because these are so heavy and rest on my cheeks darn it which I just cannot take.......
No new podcast yet, just not up to it yet. I still keep having random teary moments and I am pretty sure that no one needs to see that. I mean I don't need to see that and I am the one sobbing! All things in time........... She says trying to convince herself and forget about the multiple episodes of sobbing which occurred on Wednesday.
I don't have any other news, I think it enough for one week!!!
So that is me. I am of course linking with the Five On Friday link up post which will be the one after this. To see the other links please either click the badge in my sidebar or see the other posts here.
Thank you everyone for linking, thank you for the kind comments you have left over the last week and thank you all just for being lovely!
Have a great weekend, love each other, and be just a little kinder than you need to!
p.s. bedding bought and paid for by me, not sponsored in any way!